Koln’s teenage keeper Scott eyes first team spot

Young American 1. FC Köln goalkeeper Brady Scott believes he can meet the challenge of graduating to a starting place in the first team, despite stiff competition.

The 18-year-old penned a three-year-deal with Köln at the start of July, moving from De Anza Force in San Francisco, after turning down an opportunity to play at the University of Virginia.

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Initially signed to bolster the reserve team, the California native was promoted to the first team squad almost immediately as an injury to Thomas Kessler handed him an opportunity.

The USA youth international has big ambitions with the Billy Goats, and hopes to make his mark. He told Top Drawer Soccer, "Germany produces world-class goalkeepers including Manuel Neuer, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Timo Horn, and Bernd Leno.

"Specifically at Köln, the club has recently produced Horn and Sven Muller, who have both been developed through their academy. So there is a clear path to the first team and the club like to sign their own products. My football goals for the first season with Cologne are to get as many games as possible and to improve as much as possible.

"Within the next few years, I'll do my best to earn a spot on the first team. I'm hoping to still be able to be a part of the US national team program and represent my country."

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